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Texas Manufacturing Outlook Survey

Results Table

March 2011
 

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Business Indicators Relating to Facilities and Products in Texas
Current (versus previous month)
Indicator Mar
Index
Feb
Index
Change Indicator
Direction*
Trend**
(months)
%
Reporting
Increase
%
Reporting
No Change
%
Reporting
Decrease
Production
24.1
9.7
+14.4
Increasing
17
34.8
54.5
10.7
Capacity Utilization
18.7
9.2
+9.5
Increasing
7
29.6
59.5
10.9
New Orders
13.6
14.7
-1.1
Increasing
5
30.8
52.0
17.2
Growth Rate of Orders
10.0
6.4
+3.6
Increasing
5
24.9
60.2
14.9
Unfilled Orders
-3.3
1.3
-4.6
Decreasing
1
14.4
67.9
17.7
Shipments
18.7
7.2
+11.5
Increasing
5
32.7
53.3
14.0
Delivery Time
-3.0
-3.2
+0.2
Decreasing
10
6.9
83.2
9.9
Materials Inventories
6.6
6.0
+0.6
Increasing
2
20.0
66.6
13.4
Finished Goods Inventories
1.0
8.4
-7.4
Increasing
2
18.0
65.0
17.0
Prices Paid for Raw Materials
57.2
62.6
-5.4
Increasing
20
59.3
38.6
2.1
Prices Received for Finished Goods
17.0
17.1
-0.1
Increasing
5
22.2
72.6
5.2
Wages and Benefits
11.9
9.4
+2.5
Increasing
16
13.9
84.2
2.0
Employment
11.6
10.5
+1.1
Increasing
5
20.0
71.6
8.4
Hours Worked
12.8
3.6
+9.2
Increasing
5
22.2
68.4
9.4
Capital Expenditures
6.0
6.3
-0.3
Increasing
5
13.1
79.8
7.1
General Business Conditions
Current (versus previous month)
Indicator Mar
Index
Feb
Index
Change Indicator
Direction*
Trend**
(months)
%
Reporting
Improved
%
Reporting
No Change
%
Reporting
Worsened
15.7
13.1
+2.6
Improving
6
25.7
64.3
10.0
11.5
17.5
-6.0
Improving
6
24.1
63.3
12.6
Business Indicators Relating to Facilities and Products in Texas
Future (six months ahead)
Indicator Mar
Index
Feb
Index
Change Indicator
Direction*
Trend**
(months)
%
Reporting
Increase
%
Reporting
No Change
%
Reporting
Decrease
Production
48.5
47.1
+1.4
Increasing
25
54.0
40.5
5.5
Capacity Utilization
44.6
42.2
+2.4
Increasing
25
49.0
46.6
4.4
New Orders
46.4
44.4
+2.0
Increasing
25
52.0
42.4
5.6
Growth Rate of Orders
36.7
30.9
+5.8
Increasing
25
41.5
53.7
4.8
Unfilled Orders
7.0
10.8
-3.8
Increasing
8
15.0
77.0
8.0
Shipments
42.7
45.8
-3.1
Increasing
25
49.3
44.0
6.6
Delivery Time
-1.0
3.2
-4.2
Decreasing
1
7.0
85.0
8.0
Materials Inventories
13.2
10.9
+2.3
Increasing
6
25.3
62.6
12.1
Finished Goods Inventories
0.0
6.4
-6.4
Unchanged
1
15.2
69.7
15.2
Prices Paid for Raw Materials
57.6
67.4
-9.8
Increasing
24
60.6
36.4
3.0
Prices Received for Finished Goods
34.7
33.4
+1.3
Increasing
8
35.7
63.3
1.0
Wages and Benefits
32.4
44.4
-12.0
Increasing
82
32.5
67.4
0.1
Employment
31.0
39.1
-8.1
Increasing
19
35.0
61.0
4.0
Hours Worked
18.2
24.5
-6.3
Increasing
25
21.2
75.8
3.0
Capital Expenditures
16.0
28.0
-12.0
Increasing
16
23.0
70.0
7.0
General Business Conditions
Future (six months ahead)
Indicator Mar
Index
Feb
Index
Change Indicator
Direction*
Trend**
(months)
%
Reporting
Improved
%
Reporting
No Change
%
Reporting
Worsened
26.5
28.6
-2.1
Improving
22
37.0
52.5
10.5
16.8
27.8
-11.0
Improving
7
29.8
57.2
13.0

*Indicator direction refers to this month's index. If index is positive (negative), indicator is increasing (decreasing) or improving (worsening). If zero, indicator is unchanged.
**Number of months moving in current direction.
Data have been seasonally adjusted as necessary.

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